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Development of a Measure of Client Expectations for Therapy

Title: The Development of a Measure of Client Expectations for Therapy.
Name(s): Shappell, Sandi L., author
Berler, Ellen, professor directing thesis
Joiner, Thomas, committee member
Torgesen, Joseph, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An abundance of research has focused on clients' expectations regarding psychotherapy, yet there is still little consensus regarding the implications of that research. One of the primary problems associated with past research on therapy expectations is related to the development and validation of the measures of expectations that were used in the various studies. For many of the studies, questionnaires were developed solely for the purpose of one study, and questionable measurement of validity was utilized. This study attempted to be an initial step towards empirically developing a measure of client expectations about psychotherapy. This was done utilizing an analogue design and exploratory factor analysis. Results demonstrated some limited initial support for the proposed three factor measure of therapy expectations (Therapy Expectations Form-TEF) based upon the previous literature in this area. Facilitative Conditions, Directive Expectations, and Collaborative Expectations factors emerged; these factors demonstrated good internal consistency, but limited interpretability. In an attempt to address the concurrent validity of the TEF, predictions were made based on various personality variables, as measured by the California Personality Inventory (Gough, 1996). These predictions were not supported by the results of the current study. One major limitation of the study was the item content of the TEF, which affected the factor structure and interpretability. Future research should include refining the items of the TEF, collecting data with a new sample, and reexamining the resultant factors in order to potentially refine the construct of therapy expectations.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1793 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: June 15, 2004.
Keywords: EAC-B, process research
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Ellen Berler, Professor Directing Thesis; Thomas Joiner, Committee Member; Joseph Torgesen, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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